Ok, I have a couple of confessions.
First confession: I come to blogging reluctantly. The thought of blogging has always seemed like one more thing to keep up with in my already very full life. But with some encouragement from my colleagues I’ve decided to take the plunge. (I consider it an opportunity for personal growth)
Second confession: – I struggle with organization. It’s been somewhat my life’s mission to someday conquer the beast of disorganization. Ironically, I work for a company that is all about organization. We talk about it all the time! It’s kind of embarrassing to struggle with these issues in the midst of a lot of people who seem to just “get it”.
On the other hand, working for Rubbermaid has been a big source of inspiration for me as I’ve tacked some of my organizational challenges. The more I thought about it, I concluded that perhaps something I’ve struggled with, experienced, solved, might be of help to someone else and that appealed to me. So here it goes. . .
I’ll start with a small hurdle. (I think I read somewhere once that it’s good to start small and simple then work your way up to bigger challenges). I organized my bows. Big deal, right? Well, it was for me.
Previous state: Bows were stashed in sundry places throughout the house – (in the guest room closet, in a drawer under the guest room bed, in the attic with the Christmas gift wrap and decorations). Usually they were still in the original bags so when I would go to retrieve them, half were smashed and unusable. Often I couldn’t find the color I really needed so would end up going out and buying more. Perhaps I wanted a red bow, but since that was a holiday color it was in the attic and it was a pain to retrieve. In the midst of this, I was in a hurry, wrapping the gift at the last minute (story of my life) in jeopardy of being late, dashing out the door, stressed . . . you get the picture. Something had to be done to wrangle these pesky bows under control.
Enter the Rubbermaid soft-sided holiday tote . . .
- Now I can pull down the box, flip open the lid and see at a glance my entire inventory.
- It’s easy to spot and retrieve just the right bow for the occasion.
- The structure of the box keeps my bows safely stowed so that they no longer get smashed.
And when I inevitably hit the after holiday sales and replenish my supply, each bow finds its way into its new home, the bag is discarded and I’m all set to go for the next gift-wrapping occasion. It’s a little thing, but it makes me happy.
This victory gave me the confidence to tackle my next project, my yarn stash, which I will cover in my next post . .